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History and prophecy are closely connected when it comes to God’s chosen people. The books of Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah make this explicit in the eyes of O. Palmer Robertson, who, in showing the historical context of these books in the New International Commentary: Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, presents the compelling argument that Biblical history actually forms and acts as prophecy. Sadly, the events surrounding these three Minor Prophets spoke of great tragedies to come. But these tragedies are not nearly the totality of God’s plan for Israel.
Robertson has the gifted mind of a scholar and the caring heart of a pastor. Knowing full well the nature of our time, Robertson not only provides an expert critical explanation of the text and an invaluable historical context, but also challenges us to face our need for repentance and obedience, just as Israel had to face that need thousands of years ago.